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Boko Haram terrorists earn more than Nigerian soldiers – why it matters

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Boko Haram terrorists earn more than Nigerian soldiers – why it matters

A member of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), Dr. Sidi Ali Mohammed, has revealed that Nigerian soldiers receive N1000 as daily allowance, while Boko Haram terrorists receive $3000.

Mohammed, who heads Humanitarian Assistance and Rehabilitation at PCNI, said this during a presentation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Sub-Sahara Africa’s Regional Economic Outlook Report on Monday in Abuja.

  • “The Nigerian military, for example, gets N1,000 daily for being in the North East at the war front as their allowance. In the same North East, Boko Haram members receive $3,000 per day as allowance.”
  • On recruitment: “Don’t forget that Boko Haram members are being killed on a daily basis, but they are also recruiting on a daily basis. They are getting people to recruit because it is lucrative and many young people are unemployed.”
  • On amnesty: Mohammed urged the FG to consider amnesty for members of the sect.
  • Unemployment, according to him, has to be tackled urgently to reduce the number of available young men for Boko Haram to recruit.

Why this matters: If Mohammed’s claims are accurate, then the gulf between pay for soldiers and terrorists shows clearly why it has been so hard to end the insurgency (despite the many claims that the group has been technically defeated.) But he is right about the urgency of tackling the unemployment crisis. It is just so much more easier for the terrorists to recruit when over 43 percent of the population are either unemployed or underemployed as per NBS Q3 2018 data.

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